Tuesday 25 October 2016

Are you from Dublin, GAA-mad or live on a farm? Gogglebox wants you for Irish show

Published 15/07/2016 | 07:17

Steph and Dom of the UK series of Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4
Steph and Dom of the UK series of Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4

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Producers of the smash-hit series Gogglebox are looking for diehard GAA fans for the forthcoming Irish version of the show, the Herald can reveal. 

Made by Kite Entertainment, a show insider said that suitable families have already been approached and asked if they would be interested in taking part in the reality show.

However, they’re especially keen to find rural families and “GAA lovers from across the nation to voice their opinions on what’s on the telly.”

The show, which films normal people watching TV in their homes, is due to start filming over the coming months and is expected to be one of the highlights of TV3’s schedule.

Given its enormous success across the water with Channel 4, the quirky series has generated huge excitement among its fans here – and the new series is expected to have a distinctly Irish feel.

“In Ireland, they’re going to focus on regional families, so there will probably be a family from Dublin, maybe one from a rural, farming background and then a sports-mad GAA family,” said a source. 

“They’re keen to get a good cross-section of families so that viewers will find it more relatable.

“They particularly want big characters who aren’t afraid to speak their mind – and who love watching television.”

The UK show was voiced by the late Caroline Ahern and the Irish version will also see a well-known voice providing the commentary. 

Gogglebox Ireland was one of the shows in the pipeline for TV3 over the past two years but was put on the backburner until new owners Virgin Media took over.

This week saw the UK company confirm that it was also acquiring UTV

Ireland as part of a €10m deal. Anyone interested in applying for the show should email Miriam.Smyth@KiteEntertainment.com.

Some of the families who appear on Gogglebox’s UK show – now the producers want Irish families for the upcoming series


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